- Aug 29, 2013
I love how our sandy beaches are always shifting and creating new bars to surprise the person willing to take the time to explore.
Yup that will workI thought I'd revive this thread with an update. Back in February, I was completely bummed out when a beloved secret spot went public. I took some inspiration from Zippy's post about exploration and was determined to find myself a nice little spot that's off everyone else's radar.
Our greater area surrounding my local has been largely ruined after our recent beach replenishment project, so I wanted to be sure I had something worthwhile to surf for the summer. I thought outside the box, went elsewhere, and got busy with Google Maps to pick a couple spots along the coast to check. Then I went 21st century with it: I flew a drone down the beach to scope out the sandbars from above. (Yes, I am fully aware that some of you hate drones and will probably flame me for it. But what the heck, it gave me a much better range, efficiency, and perspective to scope out the spots I wanted to see without driving down every little nook and cranny all day long.) From the aerial view, I zeroed in on a couple different sandbars that looked like they had potential. One of them -- now known as "Bobcats" -- has been very consistent and has become my new go-to spot. I intend to surf the heck out of it until every last grain of sand washes down the beach. Sorry for bragging a bit, but I have been stoked out of my gourd all month, especially since it was really pretty fun to find it via drone.
Yes, I told my buddies. (Yes, even "Big Mouth Matty" from my original post.) I had intended to never tell anyone anything ever again, but I'm glad that I did. We've all had a really nice time surfing there together, talking to death about our sessions, being stoked on planning ahead to the next session or DP, etc. That kind of camaraderie one of the nice things about surfing to begin with.
Here are some shots of the last few sessions at Bobcats, some of which I've already shared:
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